Macedonia, a landlocked country on the Balkans still has an air of mystery to it. Simultaneously ancient and brand new, the country is struggling to find its place in the postcommunist world. Black-clad Orthodox monks are just as much a part of this renewal as the hordes of teenagers, bedecked in the latest Italian fashions, sipping coffee in the stylish bars of the capital.
For those enjoying the outdoors, Macedonia is a paradise. Its extensive wilderness allows and abundance of opportunities for hikers, mountain climbers and skiers. The stunning Mavrovo National Park in Western Macedonia is the country's best skiing location with some unforgettable alpine views. Meanwhile, ancient ruins will fascinate anyone any traveller, as will the amazing Sveti Naum monastery. The culturally-rich town of Ohrid is one of Macedonia's highlights, with its beautiful lake and spiritual significance; capital Skopje is a bustling place where Eastern European stereotypes and unexpected attractions coexist with intriguing results. In summary, for a small country, it’s crammed with something for just about everybody.